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The following archives and libraries have collections or services helpful to [[Virginia]] genealogical researchers:  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Virginia|Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Virginia_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''<br><br> __TOC__
  
=== Library of Virginia (formerly Virginia State Library and Archives) ===
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=== Archives  ===
  
800 East Broad Street <br>Richmond, VA 23219-8000<br>Telephone: 804-692-3500 <br>Fax: 804-692-3556
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==== National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Downtown Philadelphia)  ====
  
http://www.lva.lib.va.us/  
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900 Market Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292<br>Telephone: 215-606-0100<br>Fax: 215-606-0116<br>Website: [http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/ National Archives-Mid Atlantic Downtown Philadelphia]
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/whatwehave/index.htm www.lva.virginia.gov/whatwehave/index.htm]
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==== National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia)  ====
  
The research collections of the Library of Virginia are divided between the General Library and the Research and Information Services Division. The General Library contains printed materials, while the Research and Information Services Division consists of government records and other historical documents.  
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14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025<br>Telephone: 215-305-2000<br>Fax: 215-305-2038<br>Website: [http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/ National Archives-Mid Atlantic Northeast Philadelphia]
  
State records in the Research and Information Services Division are described in:
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==== Appalachia Archives  ====
  
Salmon, John. S., comp. ''A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch''. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1985. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=478979&disp=A+guide+to+state+records+in+the+Archives%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 A3sj])
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''Archives in Appalachia: A Directory''. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. (Family History Library book 975 A3a.) The record covers the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The record is arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository. Also included is a list, under “Coming Attractions,” of agencies that do not currently collect manuscript materials but plan to do so in the future.  
  
The Library of Virginia has also published two excellent preliminary guides to the pre-1904 county and municipal records and also publishes annual updates:
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=== Libraries  ===
  
Ray, Suzanne Smith. ''A Preliminary Guide to Pre- 1904 County Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives''. Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, [1988?]. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=626107&disp=A+preliminary+guide+to+pre%2D1904+county%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 A3r])
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==== Library of Virginia (formerly Virginia State Library and Archives====
  
Hart, Lyndon H. ''A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 Municipal Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives''. Richmond, Virginia Library and Archives, [1988?]. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=626110&disp=A+preliminary+guide+to+pre%2D1904+munici%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 A3h])
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800 East Broad Street <br>Richmond, VA 23219-8000<br>Telephone: 804-692-3500 <br>Fax: 804-692-3556<br>Websites:[http://www.lva.lib.va.us/ Library of Virginia]<br>[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/using_collections.asp Using the Collection]  
  
Virginia State Library. Archives and Records Division. ''Annual Reports of Archival Accessions''. Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, 1971–. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=939150&disp=July+1991%2DJune+1992%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 A35v])
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The research collections of the Library of Virginia are divided between the General Library and the Research and Information Services Division. The General Library contains printed materials, while the Research and Information Services Division consists of government records and other historical documents.  
  
=== National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Downtown Philadelphia)<br> ===
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Many collections are available online, such as Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows, Index to Wills and Administrations, Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants, and Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants.
  
900 Market Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292<br>Telephone: 215-606-0100<br>Fax: 215-606-0116<br>Website: http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/
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State records in the Research and Information Services Division are described in:  
  
=== National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia)  ===
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Salmon, John. S., comp. ''A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch''. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1985. {{FHL|478979|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A3sj}}
  
14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025<br>Telephone: 215-305-2000<br>Fax: 215-305-2038<br>Website: http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/
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The Library of Virginia has also published two excellent preliminary guides to the pre-1904 county and municipal records and also publishes annual updates:  
  
=== University of Virginia ===
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Ray, Suzanne Smith. ''A Preliminary Guide to Pre- 1904 County Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives''. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, [1988?].) {{FHL|626107|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A3r}}
  
Alderman Library <br>PO Box 400113<br>Charlottesville VA 22904-4113<br>434-924-3021<br>fax: 434.924.1431
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Hart, Lyndon H. ''A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 Municipal Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives''. (Richmond, Virginia Library and Archives, [1988?].) {{FHL|626110|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A3h}})
  
http://www.lib.virginia.edu/alderman/
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Virginia State Library. Archives and Records Division. ''Annual Reports of Archival Accessions''. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, 1971–.) {{FHL|939150|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 A35v}}
  
A helpful guide to this library is ''Virginia Genealogy, A Guide to Resources in the University of Virginia Library'' (Charlottesville, Virginia: The University Press of Virginia, 1983; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=76157&disp=Virginia+genealogy%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.5 D23u]).
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==== University of Virginia ====
  
=== College of William and Mary  ===
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[http://www.lib.virginia.edu/alderman/ Alderman Library]<br>PO Box 400113<br>Charlottesville VA 22904-4113<br>434-924-3021<br>fax: 434.924.1431 A helpful guide to this library is ''Virginia Genealogy, A Guide to Resources in the University of Virginia Library'' (Charlottesville, Virginia: The University Press of Virginia, 1983) {{FHL|76157|item|disp=FHL book 975.5 D23u}}).
  
Earl Gregg Swem Library<br>P.O. Box 8794<br>Landrum Drive <br>College of William and Mary<br>Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8794<br>Phone: (757) 221-3050<br>Fax: (757) 221-2635 <br>http://www.swem.wm.edu/
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==== College of William and Mary ====
  
=== Handley Library ===
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[http://www.swem.wm.edu/ Earl Gregg Swem Library]<br>P.O. Box 8794<br>Landrum Drive <br>College of William and Mary<br>Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8794<br>Phone: (757) 221-3050<br>Fax: (757) 221-2635
  
100 W. Piccadilly St. <br>Winchester, VA 22601<br>Phone: (540) 662-9041 <br>Fax: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;(540) 722-4769<br>Email:&nbsp; hlref@hrl.lib.state.va.us<br>http://www.hrl.lib.state.va.us/handley/default.asp
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==== Handley Library  ====
  
=== Jones Memorial Library ===
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[http://www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp Handley Library]<br>100 W. Piccadilly St. Winchester, VA 22601<br>Phone: (540) 662-9041<br>Fax: (540) 722-4769<br>Email: hlref@hrl.lib.state.va.us
  
2311 Memorial Avenue <br>Lynchburg, VA 24501 <br>Telephone: 434-846-0501 <br>Fax: 434-846-1572<br>http://www.jmlibrary.org/
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==== Jones Memorial Library  ====
  
=== Computer Networks and Bulletin Boards  ===
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[http://www.jmlibrary.org/ Jones Memorial Library]<br>2311 Memorial Avenue <br>Lynchburg, VA 24501 <br>Telephone: 434-846-0501 <br>Fax: 434-846-1572
  
Computers with modems are important tools for obtaining information from selected archives and libraries. In a way, computer networks themselves serve as a library. The Internet, certain computer bulletin boards, and commercial on-line services help family history researchers:
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=== Virginia Online Records ===
  
*Locate other researchers
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{{VADCleft}} has <u>statewide</u> '''online''' database links which ''may&nbsp;'' include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
*Post queries
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*Send and receive E-mail
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*Search large databases
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*Search computer libraries
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*Join in computer chat and lecture sessions
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You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Virginia in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
Addresses on the Internet change frequently. As of April 2007, the following sites are important gateways linking you to many more network and bulletin board sites:  
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The following sites are important gateways:  
  
USGenWeb---http://www.usgenweb.com/  
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*'''[http://www.usgenweb.com/ USGenWeb]'''
  
 
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.  
 
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.  
  
Roots-web---http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/  
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*'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/roots-l/usa/ Roots-web]'''
  
 
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.  
 
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.  
  
Cyndi's List--- http://www.cyndislist.com/  
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*'''[http://www.cyndislist.com/ Cyndi's List]'''
  
 
A comprehensive list of websites available for specific areas and subjects. Updated frequently.  
 
A comprehensive list of websites available for specific areas and subjects. Updated frequently.  
  
FamilySearch™ --- http://www.familysearch.org/  
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*'''[http://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]'''[http://www.familysearch.org/ ™]
  
The Family History Library and&nbsp;all Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.
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The Family History Library and&nbsp;all Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.  
  
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Contents


Archives

National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Downtown Philadelphia)

900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292
Telephone: 215-606-0100
Fax: 215-606-0116
Website: National Archives-Mid Atlantic Downtown Philadelphia

National Archives—Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast Philadelphia)

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1025
Telephone: 215-305-2000
Fax: 215-305-2038
Website: National Archives-Mid Atlantic Northeast Philadelphia

Appalachia Archives

Archives in Appalachia: A Directory. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. (Family History Library book 975 A3a.) The record covers the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The record is arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository. Also included is a list, under “Coming Attractions,” of agencies that do not currently collect manuscript materials but plan to do so in the future.

Libraries

Library of Virginia (formerly Virginia State Library and Archives)

800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
Telephone: 804-692-3500
Fax: 804-692-3556
Websites:Library of Virginia
Using the Collection

The research collections of the Library of Virginia are divided between the General Library and the Research and Information Services Division. The General Library contains printed materials, while the Research and Information Services Division consists of government records and other historical documents.

Many collections are available online, such as Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows, Index to Wills and Administrations, Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants, and Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants.

State records in the Research and Information Services Division are described in:

Salmon, John. S., comp. A Guide to State Records in the Archives Branch. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library, 1985. FHL book 975.5 A3sj

The Library of Virginia has also published two excellent preliminary guides to the pre-1904 county and municipal records and also publishes annual updates:

Ray, Suzanne Smith. A Preliminary Guide to Pre- 1904 County Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, [1988?].) FHL book 975.5 A3r

Hart, Lyndon H. A Preliminary Guide to Pre-1904 Municipal Records in the Archives Branch, Virginia State Library and Archives. (Richmond, Virginia Library and Archives, [1988?].) FHL book 975.5 A3h)

Virginia State Library. Archives and Records Division. Annual Reports of Archival Accessions. (Richmond, Virginia: Library and Archives, 1971–.) FHL book 975.5 A35v

University of Virginia

Alderman Library
PO Box 400113
Charlottesville VA 22904-4113
434-924-3021
fax: 434.924.1431 A helpful guide to this library is Virginia Genealogy, A Guide to Resources in the University of Virginia Library (Charlottesville, Virginia: The University Press of Virginia, 1983) FHL book 975.5 D23u).

College of William and Mary

Earl Gregg Swem Library
P.O. Box 8794
Landrum Drive
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8794
Phone: (757) 221-3050
Fax: (757) 221-2635

Handley Library

Handley Library
100 W. Piccadilly St. Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: (540) 662-9041
Fax: (540) 722-4769
Email: hlref@hrl.lib.state.va.us

Jones Memorial Library

Jones Memorial Library
2311 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Telephone: 434-846-0501
Fax: 434-846-1572

Virginia Online Records

Hand and keyboard.jpg Virginia
Online Records
has statewide online database links which may  include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Web Sites

The following sites are important gateways:

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

A comprehensive list of websites available for specific areas and subjects. Updated frequently.

The Family History Library and all Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.